Is rewarding your dog bribing her?

Several years ago, my dogs and I went on a drive over Guanella Pass in Colorado to enjoy some fresh air and beautiful fall scenery together. As we were making our way over the other side to Georgetown, two sheriff vehicles in front of us blocked the road, stopping us and all who were behindContinue reading “Is rewarding your dog bribing her?”

Four steps to a safer Fourth

It’s that time of year, folks! Even with this weekend’s Memorial Day festivities–it seems that many of us live in communities where we have neighbors who enjoy shooting off fireworks. I know in my neighborhood, my dogs and I have heard them throughout the year, regardless, because I guess some people just can’t get enough.Continue reading “Four steps to a safer Fourth”

Dogs with big feelings

What are dogs with big feelings and why am I writing a post about them? With February and Valentine’s Day approaching, in addition to some thoughts I’ve been having as I reflect on the training I do with dogs, I felt inspired to write a free-flow blog post. Emotions are tough; some people hate Valentine’sContinue reading “Dogs with big feelings”

Training: A bank account filled with trust

Most clients are duly impressed by what I can accomplish with their dogs. At the same time, it’s important for my clients to remember that I, too, am human, and am imperfect, AND, have imperfect dogs! Training takes time, consistency and patience. Even after dogs learn behaviors, there is work that must be done overContinue reading “Training: A bank account filled with trust”